We woke up early to be at the Magic Kingdom for rope drop. We waited about 15 minutes for the Mayor to come out and officially open the park. After the singing, dancing and confetti shooting were over, most families rushed towards Fantasyland and Tomorrowland to ride their favorite attractions. Not us. We took our time! We walked hand in hand down Main Street- yes, right down the middle! We stopped to read the windows and listen for the sounds. We took time at the hub to admire the statue of Walt and Mickey and had a few Photopass photos taken. I had printed off several "hidden gems" I had found on various Disney blogs, web sites and message boards. We found several of these and searched for hidden Mickeys. We talked, laughed and took our time taking in the magnificence of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
If I remember right, we did ride The Tomorrowland Transit Authority together and then made our way to the Haunted Mansion. This attraction was not part of Early Extra Magic Hours, so we walked back to Fantasyland, sat on a bench and watched all the people pass by. This gave us a chance to sit together, talk about the rest of the day and the race the following day.
It was the perfect "calm before the storm!" The next day, we woke up bright and early... well, it wasn't bright since it was 3:00am!! We went to the race and both finished. Only I finished with a pulled IT band and a bad limp! I took the rest of race day to rest and we hit Epcot the day after the race and continued to make wonderful memories at the World Showcase.
Reliving this memory just makes me more excited about what is to come! My husband, Jonathan, and I will be traveling to WDW next month without either of the boys. While I do feel about 2% guilty for leaving them at home, I couldn't be more excited about the memories we'll be making together at the "Most Magical Place on Earth!"
1st Stop ~ Walt Disney World: Not Just for Kids
2nd Stop ~ Your Highway in the Sky
3rd Stop ~ Disney Living
4th Stop ~ Adventures of a Disney Princess
Final Stop ~ A Disney Mom’s Thoughts